(CBS42) - It's social, it's relaxing and it can kill you. It's called hookah and there's a good chance you've heard of it before or used it.
Hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco. The popularity of hookah is on the rise, especially among young people. The tobacco can be flavored and some may think hookah is safer than cigarettes, that all they're breathing in is water vapor. But, you're actually inhaling tobacco smoke when you use a hookah, and just like smoking cigarettes this can lead to lung cancer and heart disease.
Michael Erisksen, Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University says that you are actually getting more smoke during a hookah session than you do smoking a pack of cigarettes. With hookah, the smoke passes through water before you inhale, cooling it so it feels less irritating to the lungs than other tobacco smoke. There is also a risk of infection when people share the same hookah mouthpiece.